Paper Bag Side Table

Paper Bag Side Table

Using a paper bag left over from my wedding I gave a sad old bill holder a new look. Full tutorial on Paper Bag Bill Holder |
My hubby and I this weekend just past headed back to where he grew up in a little town with a population of 600, Eugowra NSW. Eugowra is west of Sydney for those who are a little unsure where it is! While we were there my sweet mum in law gifted me a side table that she no longer wanted. Sharing how I too this plain little table and gave it a  new Paper Bag Side Table look!

Paper Bag Side Table


DIY Paper Bag Side Table |

Before we get on to how to use a paper bag to give a piece of furniture a new look. I wanted to share some photos of the beautiful country of New South Wales. The canola was in full bloom and it sure was such an amazing sight in contrast to the green grass!

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Yes, that handsome man is my hubby!


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 To top our drive out there off, the weather was perfect! Bright blue sky’s and there was finally some warmth in the sun after having such a freeeeeezing cold winter!
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 Spring sure has sprung!
Now let’s down to making over this sweet table.
It involved this amazing paper bag that we had kept from our wedding back in April of this year. I just knew it would come in handy one day and the graphics on it are right up my ally. It came from Typo!!

From the Project Barn

Supplies needed:


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Step 1 -Cut out the front of the bag with all the great graphics to the size of the table top.  To do this I turned the table upside down onto the back of the paper bag. Then traced around the tabletop leaving a 5mm edge.
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Step 2 -Using your paint brush give the table 2 coats of Coal Black.

Sanding time Step 3 – Using your sander and 120 grit sandpaper distress the table from top to bottom focusing on the edges as the contrast between the timber coming through against the black really made the piece POP!
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Step 4 –  Using top coat apply a liberal coat to the back of the bag and also to the table top as the bag is quite thick and I wanted it to really adhere. Carefully line up the bag to the table top. Place onto the table top and used an old store card and rubbed all over the table top to remove any air bubbles.

Step 5 – Once dry, sand the edges of the table top which then makes it easier to remove the excess paper and give it a nice clean edge.

Finishing up Step 6 – Again using Top Coat apply 2 coats to seal the bag, sanding lightly in between each coat.

All most there Step 8– On the lower shelf cut out a Bingo Card and apply using the same technique as the table top to apply to the shelf.
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Lastly, Step 9 – Then continue to seal the rest of the table with top coat for protection.
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Who would have thought that a paper bag could bring a side table back to life??!!

Happy Painting!


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  1. Hi Tammy! Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by and say hello all the way from Alabama!!! That's so exciting!! I'm sure you will have a ball with your music bag!! Would love to see the outcome!! 🙂

  2. Thank you Liz for your sweet words! I've just popped over to your Blog and low and be hold your in Scotland!! My sweet sister is currently living over there and has just moved from Basingstoke to Edinburgh! I'm looking forward to reading your Blog as it seems we have a lot in common 🙂

  3. I'm loving that table!! It's also nice to know I'm not the only one that stashes cool bags with potential…of course, I had yet to figure out what for until you showed me!! Thanks!!

  4. This being years ago not even sure you will get this but, I had gotten a table just like this at a yard sale for $5 and been wondering what to do with it when I came across this. How awesome I now know what to do with it. Hello from Washington State, spring here and your country is beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie, for stopping by!! Let me know how your table turns out! I’m sure it will be amazing! A big hello back from Australia!!

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